"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." Jn 1:5
The Paschal candle is a symbol of Christ, our Light, whose flesh is consumed for the life of the world.
From the first centuries of the Church, the Paschal candle has been lit every year at the Easter Vigil. This tradition continues in every Catholic Church everywhere in the world.
Throughout the year the Paschal candle is lit again and again at every Baptism and Funeral. The flame consumes the flesh of the wax illustrating Christ's desire to make our lives radiant with His light from Baptism until death when He will raise us to life everlasting with Him.
The Baptismal candle lit at your baptism from the Paschal candle symbolizes the light of Christ shining in you. Keep it protected in a place of honor where you will see it often as a reminder of the day you became a child of God.
Celebrate your new birthday every year by lighting the candle with family and friends. Light it on your First Communion and Confirmation and on each Easter, Christmas and Candlemas. Pray in thanksgiving for the great gift of being a member of the household of God.